Case File: Mystery Rock
Case: Unusual Phenomenon
Date: May 14, 1988
Details: On Saturday, May 14, 1988, thirteen-year-old Jamie Parks and his friend, Trevor Johnson, went into the woods in Washington State near the Canadian border and found a bizarre rock with strange, cryptic, alien-like drawings on it.
Trevor told his parents, Steve and Pattie, about their discovery. At the time, the Johnsons were struggling to pay the bills and risking everything on a small dress shop that was opening in a new mall. Pattie took a second job as a receptionist to help pay for their rent, while Steve worked as a prison corrections officer. She later quit her job to open the store; however, this backfired when construction on it fell behind. After learning of the rock, Steve hiked to the spot with Trevor and was also interested in it.
Just two days later, the Johnsons' luck began to change for the better. Their dress shop was completed and began to flourish. Eventually, they also acquired a movie theater and other shops within the mall. They were also able to acquire a new home. They finally attained prosperity that had eluded them for years. They believe their turnaround was due to finding the rock. However, an archaeologist disagrees. After he studied it he determined the markings were not made by American Indians as commonly believed and that they date to the twentieth century at its earliest. Whatever the origin of the rock, the Johnsons have been grateful to Trevor and Jamie Parks for finding it while exploring.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the November 23, 1988 episode.
The movie theater seen in the segment advertised the 1988 film Willow. This was the first one that the Johnsons sold to audiences when they acquired the theater.